The number of treatments required depends on your personal response to Chinese medicine therapy as well as the type of condition you are suffering from. With acupuncture, you may only need one or two sessions for minor problems or recently-occurring conditions but for conditions which are long-standing, you may be asked to visit once a week for a couple of months. As a general rule, you should start to experience improvements after four or five acupuncture treatments.
Responses to Chinese herbal medicine depends on the type of medicine you are taking. Prescriptive dried herbs which you must boil into a soup are the strongest type and you can notice improvements within a couple of days. Tablets on the other hand are much more gentle and so can be slower to act on the body, sometimes taking up to six weeks before you see improvements.